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Driving while drunk, pot possession nets jail time, fines for McCook man

Friday, January 11, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook man was fined $800, ordered to serve 90 days in jail and his driver's license was revoked for one year, following his Dec. 6, 2012, convictions in Red Willow County Court for second offense drunk driving and first offense possession of marijuana.

The offender, 40-year-old Jimmy R. Grossman Jr. of 902 West M Street, originally was cited by the Nebraska State Patrol with third offense drunk driving and fifth offense marijuana possession, in addition to infractions for possession of drug paraphernalia and not wearing a seat belt.

Grossman was arrested and jailed following a traffic stop in December 2011, just before midnight, on O Street in McCook.

Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood subsequently pursued charges of third offense drunk driving and second offense marijuana possession, which Grossman pleaded not guilty to during a February 2012 hearing. Grossman accepted the plea agreement offered by Wood on July 12, 2012, which further reduced the marijuana possession to a first offense.

Grossman then filed an appeal on July 18, 2012, claiming a violation of his legal rights.

He was assigned a public defender and requested his guilty plea be withdrew. That request was subsequently denied after a court finding that no injustice had been done in the case.

Grossman was sentenced to the fines and jail time during a Dec. 6, 2012, hearing and he filed another appeal that same day claiming he was denied legal counsel at trial.

As of Wednesday afternoon the court had not yet ruled on Grossman's most recent appeal.

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